Emirates Stadium side close in on Old Trafford teenager.
Arsenal are planning to turn up the heat on Manchester United over French whizkid Paul Pogba.
United face a battle to keep hold of Pogba, with Arsenal ready to make a move.
Manager Arsene Wenger wanted the French midfielder before he moved to United in 2009.
But the Gunners have been given fresh hope that they could land Pogba at the second attempt.
Pogba, 18, has snubbed United’s attempts to tie him to a new deal and will be free to talk to clubs in January as his current deal expires next summer reports Tribalfootball.
Some sources are under the impression that Arsene Wenger has more or less completed a deal to snap up teenager Paul Pogba in January. The midfielder is unhappy at the lack of first team opportunities at Old Trafford and the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has seen other youngsters break into his large first team squad, he may well be ready to allow the French Under 19 international leave.
When Pogba left Le Havre for Man United in 2009 the Ligue 2 side accused the Premier League champions of ‘tapping up’ an allegation that FIFA investigated and cleared the English side of any wrongdoing. The Haute-Normandie side decided to not appeal the verdict and accepted a deal, the details of which have been made confidential.
Over the past two years the rangy midfielder has progressed through the ranks and last season was named on the bench in a couple of senior games and help his youth team side to a FA Youth Cup triumph over Sheffield United.
This term Paul Pogba has managed 75 minutes of Carling Cup football but perhaps the youngster has felt he deserved more playing time, hence his apparent willingness to consider offers from elsewhere.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is of course well known for his willingness to trust to youth and Pogba is thought to be keen on the possibility of teaming up with the Frenchman.
Though the Gunners boss brought in a number of established names in the summer, Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta and Gervinho to name just three, the Emirate Stadium manager is still very much keen to continue his policy of bringing in the best young talent he scouts to mould alongside those coming through the club’s academy.
Ferguson has himself given more playing time to the younger members of his squad with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and new signings Phil Jones and David de Gea now all crucial members of his first team picture.